- in a manner leading to death or disaster: He was injured fatally in the accident.
- by a decree of fate or destiny; by inevitable predetermination.
Origin of fatally
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Examples from the Web for fatally
A street sweeper was caught in the crossfire as a gunman fired at the officer, fatally wounding her in the back.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
This is not because of bad leaders, or polarized politics, but because of a governing structure that is fatally flawed.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Cops launched a flash grenade through the window and officer Joseph Weekley fired, fatally striking Stanley-Jones.
Aiyana Stanley-Jones was not even confronting police officers when she was fatally shot the night of May 16, 2010.
Sadly, Dell was killed five weeks after performing this stunt, fatally injured in a different performance.Dirtbike Flips over Stunt Plane
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 21, 2014
Yet he knew that he was not fatally injured if he could stop that mortal drain of his wounds.Way of the Lawless
When they disagree they do so fatally, with fire-arms in their hands, and on the public streets.American Notes
If examination once began it must go on, and must, fatally, conduct to doubt.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But it is fatally wanting in the elements of tenderness, beauty, and sympathy.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
But it was only for the moment—and it went down steadily, rapidly, fatally.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
- resulting in death or disasterfatally wounded in battle
- as decreed by fate; inevitably
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Word Origin and History for fatally
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